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6:20 PM ET, March 11, 2011

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Christopher Mims / Grist:
Today's tsunami: This is what climate change looks like  —  So far, today's tsunami has mainly affected Japan—there are reports of up to 300 dead in the coastal city of Sendai—but future tsunamis could strike the U.S. and virtually any other coastal area of the world with equal or greater force, say scientists.
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Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Japan's Strict Building Codes Saved Lives  —  From seawalls that line stretches of Japan's coastline, to skyscrapers that sway to absorb earthquakes, to building codes that are among the world's most rigorous, no country may be better prepared to withstand earthquakes than Japan.
New York Times:
Quake and Tsunami Leaves Wake of Destruction Across Northern Japan  —  TOKYO — An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan on Friday, the strongest ever recorded in the country and one of the largest anywhere in the last century.  The quake churned up a devastating tsunami …
BBC:
Tsunami hits north-eastern Japan after massive quake  —  A massive earthquake has hit the north-east of Japan, triggering a tsunami that has caused extensive damage.  —  Japanese television showed cars, ships and even buildings being swept away by a vast wall of water after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake.
CNN:
Massive quake, tsunami hit Japan
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Tsunami Relief And Preparedness Cut In GOP Budget Proposal: National Weather Service
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Philippathomas / Philippa Thomas Online:
The State Department spokesman and the Prisoner in the Brig  —  I just heard an extraordinary remark from State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley.  He was speaking to a small audience at MIT on “the benefits of new media as it relates to foreign policy”, an event organised by the Center for Future Civic Media.
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Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Clinton aide: Manning ‘mistreated’  —  PJ Crowley says Pentagon is being ‘ridiculous and stupid’ by subjecting WikiLeaks suspect to punitive conditions in jail  —  Hillary Clinton's spokesman has launched a public attack on the Pentagon for the way it is treating military prisoner Bradley Manning …
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
PJ Crowley at Center for Civic Media: only 75,000 followers fewer than Castro
Discussion: Emptywheel and techPresident
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Crowley slams Defense on Manning
Discussion: Time, Threat Level, The Nation and Swampland
@chuckdude:
So, That Just Happened
Discussion: Emptywheel
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
President of China?  —  Obama's lament.  —  “Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China.  As one official put it, 'No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao's words in Tahrir Square.'”  —  “Obama Seeks a Course of Pragmatism in the Middle East,” The New York Times, March 11, 2011.
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New York Times:
Obama Seeks a Course of Pragmatism in the Middle East
Arthur S. Brisbane / The Public Editor's Journal:
Gang Rape Story Lacked Balance  —  The exterior of an abandoned trailer where an 11-year-old girl was assaulted.  Numerous readers shared their concerns over how The Times handled the coverage.  —  The story quickly climbed The Times's “most emailed” list but not just because of the sensational facts of the crime involved.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Dumbing Deficits Down  —  Like anyone who writes regularly about what passes for economic and fiscal debate in American politics, I've developed a strong tolerance for nonsense.  After all, if I got upset every time powerful people were illogical and/or dishonest, I'd spend every waking hour in a state of raging despair.
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Associated Press:
McConnell: No debt increase without benefit cuts
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Casey Grove / Anchorage Daily News:
Five charged in alleged plot to kidnap or kill troopers, judge  —  FAIRBANKS: Scheme targeted judge and state troopers, officials say.  —  Five people in the Fairbanks area were arrested Thursday by state and federal law enforcement on charges connected with an alleged plot to kidnap …
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Jeff Barnard / Associated Press:
Calif. man swept out to sea taking tsunami pics  —  CRESCENT CITY, Calif.—The Coast Guard searched for a man Friday who was swept out to sea by powerful waves generated by the tsunami in Northern California while taking photos near the mouth of the Klamath River in Del Norte County.
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Japan Expands Evacuation Around Nuclear Plant  —  Japanese officials early Saturday expanded the area around a crippled nuclear power plant subject to emergency evacuation, as radiation levels inside the facility were reported to have surged and operators struggled to keep the plant's cooling system operating on battery power.
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Shira Schoenberg / Concord Monitor:
Lawmaker advocates eugenics  —  A 91-year-old state representative told a constituent that he believes in eugenics and that the world would be better off without “defective people.”  —  Barrington Republican Martin Harty told Sharon Omand, a Strafford resident who manages a community mental health program …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama: No sense in defunding public broadcasting  —  President Obama defended public broadcasting from cuts on Friday, emphasizing that defunding networks like NPR and PBS would do little to rein in spending.  —  As Republicans in Congress hope to defund government assistance to the Corporation …
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Matt Welch / CNN:
Defund public broadcasting and set it free
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
The Cook Report: Trend or Fluke?  —  A new poll that shows independents warming to the role of government could signal an important shift.  —  I only get to celebrate special days like my birthday, wedding anniversary, Thanksgiving, and Christmas once a year, but I can rejoice every month …
Aharding / CNN:
Bachmann increasingly serious about presidential bid  —  Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is increasingly serious about joining the wide-open race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.  —  And a growing number of conservative activists, legislators …
appropriations.house.gov:
Appropriations Committee Introduces Three Week Continuing Resolution - Bill will Prevent Government Shutdown, Cut $6 Billion in Spending  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today introduced a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government at current rates …
Discussion: The Note, The Hill and National Review
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
After GOP denials, Scarborough says he was courted for Senate  —  MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Friday said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has asked him about running against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) in 2012.  —  Scarborough said in an interview with The Hill, “John suggested last month …
Doc Searls Weblog:
Earthquake turns TV networks into print  —  An 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan yesterday, and a tsunami is spreading, right now, across the Pacific ocean.  Thus we have much news that is best consumed live and uncooked.  Here's mine, right now:  —  Not many of us carry radios in our pockets any more.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Doctors say Gabrielle Giffords told she was shot  —  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's husband has told her that she was shot, but she has no memory of the incident, her doctors said Friday as they offered an update on her medical condition.  —  Doctors treating the Arizona Democrat …
Mary Katharine Ham / The Daily Caller:
Hammertime: Moore's National Resources  —  This week, Michael Moore offered a simple and elegant solution to our debt problem.  —  Calling the assets of wealthy Americans a “national resource,” he suggested our problems would all be solved if we could just have access to all that money.
Discussion: Big Hollywood and Weasel Zippers
Wall Street Journal:
The One That Got Away  —  Memoirist Rumsfeld seems to forget why we went to Afghanistan.  —  I like Donald Rumsfeld.  I've always thought he was a hard-working, intelligent man.  I respected his life in public service at the highest and most demanding levels.
Melinda Henneberger / Politics Daily:
My Sign-Off From Politics Daily … True to form, I was too busy to go to the meeting and missed my own firing yesterday; don't you hate it when that happens?  (All my life, my mom has been saying I'd be late to my own funeral, so could we please not tell her she was right?)
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Robert S. Boynton / The Atlantic Online:
North Korea's Digital Underground  —  TO SMUGGLE FACTS INTO OR OUT OF NORTH KOREA IS TO RISK IMPRISONMENT AND EVEN EXECUTION.  YET TODAY, AIDED BY A HALF-DOZEN STEALTHY MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY, CITIZEN-JOURNALISTS ARE USING TECHNOLOGIES NEW AND OLD TO BREAK THE REGIME'S IRON GRIP ON INFORMATION.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Mother Jones
 
 
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Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
TheDC Exclusive: Dems at radicalization hearings recite Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated group's talking points
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Santorum: Let Newt Make His So-Con Case
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
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Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Birther Bill Author: What's a Long-Form Birth Certificate?
Discussion: The Awl and Wonkette
Kerry Howley / New York Times:
The Road to the White House Is Paved With Pizza
Discussion: Wonk Room and The Atlantic Online
Wayne Drash / CNN:
Viral post pits coverage of Sheen, fallen soldiers
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Sen. Ron Johnson denounces ‘mob rule’